An unforgettable experience...
Enjoy the pristine beauty of Vermont's countryside as you have never seen it before. Snowmobiling allows you to view miles of Vermont's backcountry scenery, see wildlife in their natural habitat, and socialize with your friends. More than 3,100 miles of wide, "corridor" VAST trails and several thousand miles of secondary trails will lead you to spacious fields, high mountain tops, remote farmyards, and hospitable villages.
Vermont's snowmobiling season usually starts in mid December, and ends in early April, snow permitting. Northern Vermont and especially the Northeast Kingdom around Island Pond average of 100-250 inches of snow per season.
You can spend a week or a day riding the extensive trail system established in the Northeast Kingdom where there is almost always snow! Orleans, Essex, and Caledonia counties offer numerous activities to enjoy while snowmobiling. Weekends provide Chicken Pie Suppers, Pancake Breakfasts, Poker Rides, and Drag Races.
These events bring the snowmobile community together for meals and competition. Stop in the village church hall or school for a mouth-watering plate of chicken pie, then head off to watch men and women compete for trophies in drag racing or play your hand in a game of poker during a Poker Ride. If there's no ride-in, pack up your saddlebags and have a picnic alongside the trail. Nothing is more rewarding than a campfire-cooked hot dog on a stick.
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Many area businesses cater to the snowmobile community, and many restaurants and motels have trails that lead you right to their doorstep. Once there, you can warm up, have a hot meal, and go back out for night riding under the stars. The picturesque villages really light up on a cold, clear night. The local snowmobile dealers provide good, quick service and have clothing, oil, belts, and other necessities to keep you on the trail. You can also get advice on which trails are the most enjoyable and what is going on in the area.
In order to ride on snowmobile trails in Vermont you must obtain a TMA. What the heck is a "TMA"!?. Go to the VAST site to find out more about the regulations and prices. Suffice to say you must join a club to snowmobile in Vermont and you must have a license. Prices are apt to change every year. The regulations are strictly enforced.
What you can infer from a snow condition report
A myth of snow condition reports is that heavy snowfall produces smooth trails. In reality, a heavy snowfall means that trails need time to settle before they are groomed. If they are groomed right away, the snow is pushed off to the side and wasted. So don't always expect trails to be smooth as glass right after a heavy downfall of snow.
A courtesy rule of the trail is to stay on the trails. Private landowners give permission to ride on their property. Don't abuse it by straying off the trail. Next year they may not give permission to ride on their property and then club members have to go through the hassle of re-routing and developing new trails. Be fair to other riders and obey the signs on the trails.
So, whether you are new to the area or revisiting, enjoy the beauty of the Northeast Kingdom that is magnified in the winter months by the sparkling snow and star-filled nights. Enjoy it, riding your snowmobile on countless trails just waiting for you to explore.